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Beat the summer heat with these light and refreshing dinner ideas, perfect for hot days when you crave something cool and satisfying. From vibrant main dish salads to delicious sandwiches and more, these recipes are easy to prepare and sure to keep you feeling fresh and cool.

Fresh Garden Picked Tomato Soup With Basil

fresh picked tomatoes made into soup with basil and wine
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This fresh tomato basil soup recipe is full of creamy sweet tomato flavor using just-picked tomatoes, onions, basil, marsala wine, a little butter, and cream.  Fresh tomato soup is perfect for an easy lunch, and you can even make a big batch and can it for later!

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Spaghetti With Fresh Garden Tomatoes

Spaghetti with fresh roasted cherry tomatoes on top and basil
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Spaghetti Sauce With Fresh Tomatoes is a simple vegan recipe that is full of delicious Italian flavors and a touch of spice. When you make this recipe, your home will be filled with the aroma of roasted garlic, tomatoes, and herbs, just like an Italian grandma’s kitchen.

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Pan-Seared Tilapia with Lemon Butter

Lemon butter tilapia
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Enjoy this lemon butter tilapia in a pan, which is infused with a hint of tart lemon, cilantro, and sweet, creamy butter that creates a delicious light dinner for your family.

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Homemade Chicken Salad Sandwich Filling

extra creamy chicken salad on rye bread
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This chicken salad recipe is quick and easy, taking less than 15 minutes to prepare. The best part is that you can customize it to your liking with a variety of add-ins. I will give you some great ideas to elevate this simple recipe and create your unique version.

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Famous Pimento Cheese Sandwichs

masters pimento cheese
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Pimento cheese is a traditional southern sandwich spread made with shredded cheese, mayonnaise, diced pimentos, and various seasonings. I know it seems a bit odd, but trust me, this sandwich spread is fantastic. 

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Nutty Kale Salad With Honey Almond Dressing

Kale salad with chopped vegetables and pomegranate
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This easy-to-make Kale Salad bursts with fresh, colorful veggies, fruit, and crunchy seeds, then drizzled with homemade sweet honey and almond butter dressing.

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Italian Bread Salad With Garden Tomatoes

cherry tomato bread salad
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Easy Panzanella Bread Salad is loaded with crusty bread, cherry tomatoes, green olives, capers, fresh basil, then lightly tossed with a dressing of fresh garlic, olive oil, anchovies, and red wine vinegar.

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Famous Chicken Salad Sandwich

chicken salad on wheat masters copycat
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This recipe is a classic Southern chicken salad. Augusta National always focuses on excellence, using quality key ingredients to shine, just like they have with this sandwich.

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Crispy Skin Air Fryer Chicken Legs

chicken legs
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The whole family will enjoy this Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Leg Recipe for a quick and easy dinner. It only takes 2 minutes to prepare before you start cooking in your air fryer.

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Cuban Quinoa Bowl

cuban bowl with toppings
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This Cuban Quinoa Bowl is packed with flavor thanks to a variety of vegetables, grains, and seasoning. There are sweet potatoes, quinoa, black beans, salad with tomatoes, and smashed avocados all topped with a creamy cashew sazon dressing.

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Copycat Panera Fuji Apple Salad Recipe

Panera copycat apple salad
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This Fuji Apple Salad Recipe is loaded with fresh, crisp fuji apples, sweet dried cranberries, and crunchy walnuts, then drizzled with a cinnamon honey vinegarette. If you enjoy a fresh, slightly sweet salad loaded with nuts and fruit, then you need to try this best salad recipe.

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Greek Wedge Salad

Creek wedge salad
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This Greek Wedge Salad Recipe creates a fresh, easy-to-make wedge salad that is drizzled with flavorful homemade Greek dressing. Perfect as a side dish at dinner or a meal at lunchtime.

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Light Mini Tea Sandwich Recipes

a variety of make ahead sandwiches perfect for a derby party
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Discover a delightful array of make-ahead tea sandwich recipes for your next tea party, bridal shower or any other special event. From classic cucumber sandwiches to creative fillings, explore a variety of tea party food ideas that can be prepared in advance.

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Pan-Seared Herb Crusted Chicken Copycat

texas roadhouse chicken
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This copycat recipe for Texas Roadhouse Herb Crusted Chicken is so flavorful and cooks up juicy on the inside with a perfect seared herb crust on the outside. This recipe teaches you the perfect combination of seasonings and a simple cooking technique to ensure your chicken is restaurant-quality, right in your own kitchen.

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Creamy Egg Salad Sandwich Recipe

egg salad masters recipe
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This famous Masters golf recipe might surprise you because it seems too simple. But the tradition of high-quality, fresh ingredients is the key to the sumptuous egg salad served on the course in Augusta.

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